22 Describe proposed measures for protection of geographic names at the second and other levels in the applied-for gTLD
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|.CSC||Alliance-One Services, Inc.||markmonitor.com||View|
As specified throughout this application, Applicant plans to operate the applied-for TLD as a closed registry and shall not permit any third party to register any second-level domain names within the TLD. Applicant will thus primarily protect the abusive registration of geographic names at the second and other levels in the applied-for gTLD by only allowing Applicant to register and Applicant or its Affiliates (as defined in its registration policy) to use any domains throughout the life of the TLD.
Applicant has thoroughly reviewed Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement, the Government Advisory Committee’s (GAC) “Principles regarding New gTLDs”, and the .INFO methodology for reservation and release of country names. Accordingly, Applicant will, in connection with its registry services operator and registrar, initially reserve from registration by any party names with national or geographic significance at the second level and all other levels within the TLD during the TLD’s Sunrise Period and Trademark Claims Period.
The names with national or geographic significance (“geographic names”) that will be initially blocked are those specified in Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry Agreement, namely:
- the short form (in English) of all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166-1 list, as updated from time to time, including the European Union, which is exceptionally reserved on the ISO 3166-1 list, and its scope extended in August 1999 to any application needing to represent the name European Union;
- the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World; and
- the list of United Nations member states in 6 official United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names.
After working with Applicant’s registry services provider to initially block the above-identified geographic names during any Sunrise Period and Trademark Claims Period, Applicant may allow the reservation of domain names identical to the above-identified geographic names by only Applicant. Thereafter, Applicant will ensure through internal guidelines or by contract that the geographic names will be used only by Applicant and⁄or its Affiliates for promoting, providing information about, and⁄or offering Applicant’s goods and services directly to the customers or potential customers from the relevant country or territory indicated by the domain name. At all times, Applicant will ensure through internal guidelines that all reasonable efforts will be made to reduce user confusion regarding the source or affiliation of the geographic domain name, and that security measures will be taken to protect confidential third-party information in accordance with that geographic area’s data and financial privacy laws.
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